GMs So, Torre in simultaneous exhibition for the family of late NM Maga

January 9, 2012 11:47 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 9 — Chess GMs Wesley So and Eugene Torre will hold a rare simultaneous chess exhibition to challenge woodpusher's problem solving abilities, critical and strategic thinking in the "Maging Sino Ka Man" chess for a cause starting at 1 p.m. on February 4 at the Meralco Canteen, Meralco compound in Ortigas, Pasig City.

International Master Marlon Bernardino said the one-day simultaneous chess exhibition of the country's two GMs aims to raise funds for the benefit of the family of the late two-time Olympian and National Master Mirabeau Maga.

Fondly called "Maging" in local chess arena, the Davao City native Maga, a resident of Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City suffered a cardiac arrest at 8 a.m. at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City on December 26, 2011. He was 58.

"We do this to promote chess in the grassroots level," said Torre, Asia’s first GM who has been the long-time vanguard of Philippine chess.

"The funds we will raise will go to the family of Maging (Mirabeau Maga)," added So.

No less than National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) chairman/president Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., NCFP executive director GM Jayson Gonzales, Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, tournament organizer Reginald Tee and Meralco Chess Club president Rolly Sol Cruz are expected to grace the affair.

Registration fee is P500. For inquiry, call or text 0918-929-8969 and 0908-880-7650 for complete details. (PNA) DCT/scs/LOR

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